A MAN who was inspired to join the RNLI after receiving their help at sea is now being awarded a long service badge.
Bridlington RNLI second coxswain Stuart Tibbett is to be the third member of the station’s crew to be awarded the 20-year service badge this year.
Stuart, 40, who was born and bred in Bridlington, lives with his wife Sarah and two sons Kyle and Toby in Georgian Way and is well-known for his joinery business in the town.
In his spare time Stuart likes to go fishing in a boat he shares with his friend and fellow lifeboat crewman Grant Walkington.
The boat is called Norsk Warrior, which is made up from the initials of their wives and family.
Stuart has been going to sea since he was eight years old and crewed on many fishing boats.
After needing help from the lifeboat on three different occasions, he decided to volunteer to join the RNLI.
He said: “We had been escorted home by the lifeboat on occasions and my uncle was on the crew, so l decided to join.”
As one of the crew who helped rescue two tombstoners who were in danger in April this year, Stuart said: “l have been on many calls but one l remember well was the time I helped save a young lad who had almost drowned and was brought back by resuscitation at the water’s edge.”
Stuart was also on the crew when two bronze medals were awarded for the rescue of the yacht Lobo in 2000.
He has been second coxswain for seven years and will receive his long service badge at a presentation dinner in November.